The Well-traveled Book

My library is not what it used to be. For decades I accumulated books, dragging them back and forth across the country, and my library was a source of pride. Vanity, to be honest. Changing priorities (a euphemism for not having enough money) meant I had to drastically prune the collection, but that task was …

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A Modest E-book Proposal

Pricing for e-books is a black art. Too high and you scare away purchasers; too low and you are competing with all the 99 cent sale books, and the risk of being perceived as low quality. The solution might be to take a page from gaming applications: Give away the book, and make money by …

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The Matchmaker Trilogy – Jane Feather

Jane Feather has written more than fifty romance novels, most of them trilogies, and she works outside of the Harlequin juggernaut. I'm reviewing: The Bachelor List The Bride Hunt The Wedding Game The first two are available in a 2-in-1 edition, which I found in the break room at work. I was sufficiently hooked by …

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A Scandalous Marriage

A Scandalous Marriage, by Mary Brendan, is the third of four regency era novels involving the sisters of the Meredith family. That may explain the rapid introduction of several characters in the first chapter. Readers who have been following the series and not simply grabbing selections out of the 3 for $1 bin at the …

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Celebrity Bachelor

Victoria Pade's Celebrity Bachelor, from 2006, is number four of eighteen in her series called Northbridge Nuptials. Northbridge is a typical quaint small old-fashioned town, a setting apparently very popular for romance authors. The tag line for the series is the slightly ominous "Where a walk down the aisle is never far behind." After this …

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Holiday Miracles

Holiday Miracles is a trilogy in the Harlequin Romance series. This series is the original and the core product. As Harlequin describes it, "You adore a feel-good love story! Harlequin Romance offers uplifting escapes featuring real, relatable [sic] women and strong, deeply desirable men. Experience the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love. …

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Lord of the Manor

As the title implies, Shari Anton's Lord of the Manor(1998) is a historical set in the Middle Ages. England in 1109, to be precise, and in this case the precision is important. Henry I's problems with Normandy at this time provide an authentic background for the story, and the relationship plot develops in parallel with …

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Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda, by Kara Lennox, is a Harlequin Super Romance from 2012. Jillian was an awkward overweight teenager, and when she offered to help her crush Connor with his science fair project, he humiliated her. She retaliated by slashing his tires. Several years later, she’s working for him. There are possibilities here, but that’s not …

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Wicked Loving Lies

Another serendipitous find from the laundry room, Wicked Loving Liesis a classic bodice ripper. From 1976, by Rosemary Rogers, this historical is almost 500 pages, covers a span of several years, and is over the top in every respect. We meet young Marisa in a Spanish convent, where she awaits the arrival of the man …

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